Persian Kitty, Founder, PersianKitty.comConsidered a force in the traffic side of the industry, Persian Kitty has maintained a low profile throughout her career. But her name became legendary when she operated one of the first major adult link sites and then a TGP.
After a decade in the industry, you finally attended your first trade show, Internext Las Vegas in January. Why did you wait so long?
When I started PersianKitty.com, my sons were 11 and 8 years old. The site received a lot of media attention between 1996 and 2002. Everyone wanted to put a face with the site. I wanted the public to see the site for itself, not for the person behind it, and I didn't want to submit my family to any negative attention that might come from what mom does for a living. Now, they are 23 and 20, and the stigma behind what I do for a living doesn't affect them as it might when they were younger.
How did it feel to finally put faces to personas you've dealt with through the years?
It was great to put faces with the people I've dealt with for all these years. I had a blast in Vegas. I'm planning to attend Internext Summer 2008 in August. I'm looking forward to meeting others I haven't and catching up with those I have.
You were at the forefront of link sites with PersianKitty.com. What got you interested in the traffic side of the adult business?
My interest in the traffic side of the adult business was purely by chance. After putting up a small personal Web page in 1995, I was fascinated with that fact that people from all over the world at all times of the day and night could be visiting something I actually put on the Net. I decided I wanted to put something up that would draw some traffic, just to see how many people I could get to my corner of the Web. At that time, the major third-party counter was Digits.com. The highest-ranked sites on their list were adult link sites (NaughtyLinx and For Your Eyes Only). I decided, since that seemed to be the way to get fast traffic, I'd try an adult link site. Once it was listed on Yahoo! and the search engines, traffic grew beyond any expectations.
What's the biggest change you've witnessed in your years in the industry?
I think the biggest change has been in the preferred form of content demanded by consumers. In the mid-to-late 1990s, because of the slow speeds of the Internet, the majority of content was in the form of images. Most people surfing the Net didn't have the ability or the patience to download large files, and forget about streaming videos, et cetera. As Internet speeds increased and technology changed, consumers have enjoyed a more on-demand style of adult content.
You have a die-hard interest in baseball. How did that start?
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. My preferences have changed over the years. It used to be basketball and football. My ex hated baseball. Safeco Field in Seattle opened the same month we split up. I took my sons to Cactus League spring training in March of 2000 and also partnered with someone for great season tickets. The 2000 season was just interesting enough to make me come back for 2001, which was the 116-win season. Over the years, my seats have gotten better. My boys don't share the interest I do anymore, but my daughter-in-law does.
What's the most important lesson you've learned during your years in the adult business?
The most important thing I've learned is to have a thick skin. In the early years, I took everything people said about me to heart. I let it get to me way too much. Somewhere over the years, I learned that 99 percent of the people who said things didn't know me at all, so I finally took a "sticks and stones" approach.
What does the future hold for Persian Kitty?
For PersianKitty.com, the future is going to mean some changes. ... I'm toying with a new site design while keeping a PK Classic version also and broadening the site. For Meow Media Inc., there is a new partnership in the works, which will launch membership sites and an affiliate program shortly.
If you were ever on the cover of Forbes magazine, what would the headline read?
That's an easy one. It would be my tagline, of course. "Purrs, claws and curiosity will get you anywhere!"
The article initially appeared in the July 2008 issue of AVN Online magazine. To subscribe, visit AVNMediaNetwork.com/subscriptions.